But more happened in August 2019:

The 'mystery'of the decreasing hydrangea exports in Colombia

August 2019 was the month of the 'mystery' of the decreasing hydrangea exports in Colombia. From January 2019 till May 2019, the export figures were down. Are the smaller US weddings, the vase life, the changing preferences or are the logistics the reason? They all seem to play a role. We spoke to several growers.

In the Canada, we saw that growers were dealing with labor shortages and it was reported that the growing amount of cannabis producers were worsening it. Various different industry professionals have since responded to the situation.

Of course, events were held like 'Handelspladsen' in Denmark and Plantarium in the Netherlands. And not to forget, there were some holidays; Chinese Valentine's Day and preparations for Knowledge Day in Russia (September 1), were in full swing.

But more happened this month, see below the overview.


South African flowers bounce back after challenging 2018

After Mother Nature made 2018 a challenging year for many South African growers, Afrex Trading - one of the leading exporters of Cape Flora and other South African flowers –…


US: BloomyPro launches 3D virtual bouquet design platform at IFE in Miami

BloomyPro was invited by IFE (International flower Exhibition) to do a 3D virtual Bouquet session at their Education day. IFE 2019 was held in the always sunny, Miami City.…


Zabo Plant introduces faster and genetically shorter variety

An Easter lily that's never late to the party

Finishing Easter lilies on time. It is a challenge for many US growers and for the upcoming reason, Zabo Plant is therefore very pleased with their new Lily Looks longiflorum…


Consumer app provides wealth of information for breeders, growers and retailers

How nice would it be to have an insight in the end consumers' thoughts? The guys from the GrowIt! app are on their way to achieve it. They currently have a member group of…


Tim Scalongne, Hasfarm:

"Flower sales increase fivefold for Chinese Valentine's Day"

Today is Chinese Valentine's Day; a day based on a historical popular myth and just several years ago commercially exploited by e-commerce companies. Currently, it is an…


US: Clever tag concept ensures 100% correct labeling

Plants without a tag or with the wrong tag on the shelves. It not only annoys the end consumer, but the retailer, grower and breeder as well. Therefore, a new way of tagging…


Eternal Flowers produces own pest control products, fertilizers:

Ecuadorian grower goes for 100% organic

"If we can do it, why can't chemical suppliers?" says Adrian Moreno of Eternal Flower. This Ecuadorian Gypsophila and Hypericum grower invested years in producing their own…


From cut flowers to potted plants: diversification pays off

Flamingo Holland has traditionally been supplying to cut flower growers across the US, with a focus on the Californian market. Now the company also supplies to the potted…


Hip Labels partners with Arilyn app

US: Augmented reality lets growers go beyond the label

Imagine you are a consumer walking in a garden center and see a plant. You are wondering how to care for it, and more importantly if this plant will fit into your garden…


New double flowered hydrangea series

US: Double petal flowers take hydrangea to new heights

Hydrangeas are booming in the USA and Ball Ingenuity is therefore very pleased with their latest introduction; a new series of double flowering hydrangea macrophyllas. "It is…


Piet Kelderman, Finlays

Kenya: Bouquets packed at source add value for growers

"With the rose production in Kenya having increased, growers need to make sure they won't become interchangeable. Making bouquets is a way to secure their position", says Piet…


Juan Gomez of Candelaria Flowers reacts to mystery of decreasing export figures

Colombia: “Cut hydrangea acreage has hit peak growth”

Earlier this week, we published an article on the mystery of the decreasing export figures of the Colombian cut hydrangea crop. According to the statistics from January till…


Hortiflor Expo Zimbabwe 2019 postponed to 2020

Yesterday it was decided to postpone the international horticulture trade exhibition “HortiFlor Expo” scheduled for September 16-18. Following news of fears of fresh unrest in…


Jose Azout, Alexandra farms: "October is our biggest month now"

Wedding season moves from summer to fall

The wedding season is on! Or not? According to Colombian garden cut rose grower Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms, more and more weddings are being moved to fall and also this…


New rose named at Danish Rose Festival

The “knee setting” of Danish Jim Lyngvild’s own rose

A new rose has been baptized at the Danish Rose Festival (Rosenfestival), that is annually held in Bogense, on Funen, in the first weekend of August. The theme for this year’s…


Colombia: The 'mystery' of the decreasing hydrangea exports

The decrease in Colombian hydrangea cut flower exports, what could be the reason? Last week, we published an article with the export figures from January till May 2019 (- 4.7%…


Kenya: Equinox gives neighboring villages access to clean drinking water

The residents of the Gachuiro area, at the foot of Mount Kenya, get their clean drinking water from the Ontulili River. Water pipes bring the water from this river to several…


Ecuador: Fall colors popping in Arbusta's lily greenhouse

We are still in the middle of the summer season, but at Grupo Arbusta, fall colors are popping in their lily greenhouse. On 70 ha in Cayambe, this Ecuadorian farm - one of the…


Photo Report Plantarium 2019

Plantarium and GROEN-Direkt closed their doors last Friday, August 23. For the second time, both events were held under one roof and attracted trade professionals from all…


Netherlands: Van der Wilt Gerbera’s back in business after tornado

In December 2018, a tornado left a trail of destruction at Van der Wilt Gebera's. The following six months were all about repairing the greenhouse. That resulted in the…


Is the cannabis industry taking your workers?

Canada: Industry professionals react to labor shortages

Greenhouse growers in Canada are dealing with labor shortages and it was reported that the growing amount of cannabis producers were worsening it. The industry has been…


Denmark: From business fair to flower festival

During this week, people from all over Europe have gathered to visit Odense in Denmark for the business fair at GASA Group and ‘Handelspladsen’. Furthermore, professionals and…


CTi Plastic partnered with Plastic Bank to come up with Flow material

Cleaning oceans to make containers

Reducing the use of plastic and recycling plastic is a hot global topic. Canadian container planter and plastic container wholesaler, CTi Plastic tapped into this…


No special prices for Russian Knowledge Day celebration due to rose oversupply

In September, the schools will start again in Russia. Students start a new year of studying with Russian Knowledge Day celebration. That day, flowers play a major role. Roses…


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